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17:25 Ascot

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Whispering Angel Handicap

  • Prize money: £30924
  • 0m 5f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 14 runners
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Whispering Angel Handicap

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

20/1 (Won)

  • Win: £20.15
  • Place: £4.35

Form: -08280 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Useful on his day for Tracy Waggott but far from consistent since winning last year's Great St Wilfrid; has one standout effort (a second back at Ripon in April) in 2023 but can't be a solid option on recent evidence and needs to be revived by a recent stable switch.

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4th

3

(3)

16th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Newcastle (AW)

Intrinsic Bond

8st 13lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Michael Wigham

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, disputing second over 1f out, weakened final 110yds

9/2

5th

3

(4)

22nd Nov 2023

Standard

0m 5f 21y

Class 2

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Intrinsic Bond

9st 4lb

J: Adam Farragher

T: Michael Wigham

midfield, no impression inside final furlong

6/1

5th

1

(11)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 5f 3y

Class 2

15:20 Doncaster

Intrinsic Bond

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Michael Wigham

His results have been up and down since joining this yard in July and he was below par at Ascot last time, but he was a close third in the Portland here (5.5f, soft) last month and that form has worked out really well; now 1lb lower and this prominent-racer is capable of having a big say.

6/1

6/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 788-41 CD

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Won the C&D 3yo handicap at the Royal meeting in 2021 when trained by Karl Burke; spent last year in the doldrums but revitalised since joining his current yard, taking advantage of a drop in the weights when winning from Khunan at Haydock (6f; pair well clear) three weeks ago; handles any ground and still well treated on the pick of his form; leading contender.

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6th

4

(3)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:55 Newmarket

Significantly

9st 9lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

Flying high in the autumn and impressed in the way he overcame trouble in running to win the Ayr Gold Cup (6f, good to soft; effective on good); used to be versatile trip-wise but today will test that theory as he runs only intermittently at 5f now and is up against talented 5f specialists.

16/1

8th

1

(7)

17th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Newmarket

Significantly

9st 9lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

Always was high class but on the back burner in 2022 and it wasn't until last autumn that he was back to full strength for new yard, dashing home after meeting trouble in running to win the Ayr Gold Cup (6f, good to soft; effective on good) then runner-up to an exceptional rival at York (6f, soft) in October; back up 2lb but has C&D form and lack of a recent run is not necessarily a problem; hard to rule out.

8/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.25

Form: 2484-1 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Often runs well here, fourth to Call Me Ginger in this race 12 months ago; returned to action with a narrow Doncaster win under William Buick in June; only 3lb higher but this race is more competitive and ground softer than good might be an issue (withdrawn on good to soft two weeks ago).

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11th

2

(3)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

17:00 York

Bond Chairman

9st 9lb

J: Harry Russell

T: Bryan Smart

Has course form and he's in the picture on 5f win at Doncaster in June (good to firm) but has needed some excuses since and good to soft ground was no good to him over C&D 20 days ago; work to do on balance.

16/1

19th

3

(20)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:20 York

Bond Chairman

9st 10lb

J: Harry Russell

T: Bryan Smart

Made a successful return from nine months off at Doncaster (5f, good to firm) in June and ran well when third behind Intrinsic Bond at Ascot (5f, good) next time; not disgraced in a Beverley Listed contest (5f, good) three weeks ago, but drying ground preferable with his best form coming on good/good to firm.

16/1

5th

2

(4)

2nd Sep 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Beverley

Bond Chairman

9st 4lb

J: Harry Russell

T: Bryan Smart

led, faced challenge 2f out, headed over 1f out

10/1

9/1

Form: 1-0765 CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 8st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Hit a rich vein of form in the second half of last year, winning this race (off a 1lb higher mark than today's) and awarded the Portland at Doncaster after meeting interference; under the radar so far this year but he shaped as if coming to the boil at Ayr last time and is now reunited with Amie Waugh who rides him so well; refused to enter the stalls here two weeks ago but otherwise has plenty in his favour.

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10th

10

(1)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newcastle (AW)

Call Me Ginger

8st 10lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Jim Goldie

Won twice in seven days in September, both over shorter but he's fully effective at 6f; back to the same mark as for his Ascot win and he has shown aptitude for this surface; others appeal more for win purposes though.

20/1

8th

6

(1)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 5f 3y

Class 2

15:20 Doncaster

Call Me Ginger

8st 13lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Jim Goldie

Three-time course winner, the latest in last season's Portland (5.5f, soft; awarded the race); won two in a row (5.5f/5f, good to soft/good to firm) last month and, although he's been unplaced on his three runs since, he didn't enjoy a clear run at Ascot last time and is not written off.

9/1

11th

8

(12)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Ascot

Call Me Ginger

9st 2lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Jim Goldie

Back to form last month, winning at Chester (5.5f, good to soft) and following up in good style over C&D four weeks ago (beat Mountain Peak); ran better than his finishing position suggests in the Portland and then had little chance from his draw in the Ayr Silver Cup two weeks ago; can't rule out under these conditions.

9/1

14/1

Form: 6-1508 D

Last run: 84 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Has contested Listed races this year, winning on reappearance at Lingfield (5f, AW) in February but unplaced on turf three times since; has form on good to soft ground but needs to rediscover her spark after a break.

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15th

21

(17)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Kimngrace

8st 7lb

J: George Rooke

T: Richard Hughes

First two wins over 6f but seen more regularly at 5f now; nearly a year since she won on turf, when impressing at York (good to soft) but her recent run in a fillies' handicap at York was better than it looks at first glance; running into form and can give a good account.

12/1

8th

6

(11)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:45 York

Kimngrace

9st 0lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Richard Hughes

Respectable fifth in both runs since returning from a break; may well raise her game back at York, where she's 1-1 over C&D after a win last October; Listed scorer on AW two starts later; possibilities off a workable mark.

9/1

5th

2

(1)

10th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 5f 16y

Class 3

20:00 Chepstow

Kimngrace

10st 0lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Richard Hughes

Won handicaps in 2022, over 6f (good) and 5f (good to soft) but her mark took a battering following a Listed AW win on reappearance and she faded back in a handicap at Ascot 12 days ago; might come on for that run after a break but others higher up the list.

4/1

7/1

Form: 661133 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 8st 6lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Stablemate of Call Me Ginger; gained back-to-back wins at Musselburgh in June/July and has remained in form, third at Hamilton last week; bit more needed to regain the winning thread but this return to 5f should be in her favour and the in-form William Pyle's 7lb claim is a help; not discounted.

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11th

17

(1)

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 1y

Class 2

18:45 Musselburgh

Rock Melody

8st 2lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Jim Goldie

awkward start

50/1

Form: 21101 CD

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Progressive 3yo who came from the rear to win in a big field over C&D at the Royal meeting (good to firm; unraced on softer than good) five weeks ago; a 9lb higher mark demands another personal best but he's lightly raced and may not have reached his ceiling just yet; has to be respected.

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7th

4

(1)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 3

16:50 Southwell (AW)

Rhythm N Hooves

9st 4lb

J: Joshua Bryan

T: Archie Watson

Three wins over 5f last year, including at Newcastle (Tapeta) and Chelmsford (Polytrack); may not have handled the heavy ground at Bath three weeks ago on his return from five months off, but has something to prove on this first attempt at 6f.

10/1

7th

7

(8)

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 5f 10y

Class 2

15:43 Bath

Rhythm N Hooves

8st 13lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Saw off Kerdos in a Royal Ascot handicap (5f, good to firm) last summer but his progress stalled thereafter; untried on slower than good ground and others have more pressing claims.

10/1

28/1

Form: 080730 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in the Group 1 King's Stand over C&D in June 2021 but 0-20 since and he was only tenth of 15 behind The Big Board here last time; dangerous if everything clicks but others carry fewer risks.

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4th

1

(11)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:15 Thirsk

Arecibo

10st 3lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Declan Carroll

prominent

7/2

2nd

11

(17)

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 1y

Class 2

18:45 Musselburgh

Arecibo

8st 7lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Declan Carroll

Sold out Robert Cowell's yard for 24,000gns since last run; very useful on his day (Group 1 placed) but badly lacks recent winning form, being on a three-year losing spell.

20/1

Form: 422421 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Goes particularly well on Newmarket's July course and he was notching a third success there (from just four starts) when making all in convincing fashion eight days ago; however, this race is much more competitive and he's taken a 7lb hike in the weights.

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1st

2

(4)

1st May 2024

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:00 Ascot

Isle Of Lismore

9st 9lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Robert Cowell

prominent, led under 2f out, ridden final furlong, kept on well, gamely

6/1

3rd

11

(9)

16th Apr 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:50 Newmarket

Isle Of Lismore

8st 13lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Robert Cowell

Never dangerous in this 12 months ago off the same mark but he's had the benefit of a run this time and it was an encouraging one on the AW; made all on the July course last July (3-4 there) and no surprise to see him feature.

14/1

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12/1

Form: -74995 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Often plies his trade at a higher level and showed he's dangerous off this sort of mark in handicaps when fifth of 15 to The Big Board over C&D two weeks ago, switched and keeping on well; handles any ground; unlikely to be far away.

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7th

7

(10)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Ascot

Existent

9st 2lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Stuart Williams

Finished second of 12 at Goodwood in August (5f, good to soft) and four defeats later he's dropped 10lb; no doubting he has the ability to go well at this level but slow starts can be a problem and others look more reliable.

16/1

12th

6

(12)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:20 York

Existent

9st 5lb

J: Luke Catton

T: Stuart Williams

On a fair mark based on his second of 12 off 7lb higher at Goodwood (5f, good to soft; first-time cheekpieces) last month, but hasn't built on it and finished behind a couple of these in the Portland at Doncaster (5.6f, soft) seven days ago; record of 1-25 on turf another reason to be cautious; no headgear today.

25/1

14th

12

(3)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Existent

9st 1lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: Stuart Williams

Has bobbed in and out of form all season and, although the handicapper is letting out the reins, he still doesn't look that well treated; sole turf win was back in 2020 and leaving off the hood is of unknown benefit.

22/1

10/1

Form: 20301- D

Last run: 315 days

W: 9st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Showed significant improvement to win Ayr Silver Cup (6f, good) last autumn; subsequently sold from Roger Varian's yard for 70,000gns; has joined a stable that does well with sprinters and he can't be ruled out, but he does have a layoff to overcome and a first-time tongue-tie is a slight concern.

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13th

12

(4)

6th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:05 Ascot

Dusky Lord

8st 13lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: Stuart Williams

Signed off for 2022 with a convincing win in the Ayr Silver Cup but has been down the field in four runs since joining current yard; failed to beat a rival with headgear back on in the Portland last time; plenty to prove.

33/1

22th

18

(16)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Dusky Lord

8st 12lb

J: Stefano Cherchi

T: Stuart Williams

Mid-division in this race last year but ran two of his best races the only times cheekpieces were fitted for Roger Varian, at Glorious Goodwood and when racing away with the Ayr Silver Cup (both on good); has lain relatively low for new yard but returning cheekpieces make him of major interest.

40/1

12th
6 (4)
Bergerac

22/1

Form: 604-88

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Dual 5f/6f winner last summer and now back down to his last winning mark; his two runs this year have offered little in the way of promise, but he's been partnered by inexperienced apprentices each time and may benefit from the return of Neil Callan who rides him well.

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13

(1)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Bergerac

8st 9lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

Ended 2023 with a couple of 5f wins on Tapeta; unplaced on his last three runs though and likely vulnerable over a stiff 6f at this level.

33/1

5th

6

(12)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

18:10 Newcastle (AW)

Bergerac

8st 12lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

prominent towards near side, outpaced and lost position halfway, ran on inside final furlong

12/1

Form: 4-1011 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Raced in the unfavoured far-side group when only eleventh behind Rhythm N Hooves here in June, but otherwise she's unbeaten as a 3yo, showing further improvement when taking care of her 14 rivals over C&D (good to soft) two weeks ago; that was a smooth success and a 4lb rise does not look insurmountable; major player.

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4th

6

(11)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:30 Ascot

The Big Board

9st 4lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: Richard Hannon

Won here last summer (5f, good to firm) and her fourth at York's Ebor meeting (strong form) came off a mark 6lb higher than today's; never in contention in a messy Newmarket sprint on her return; better can be expected today but there may be stronger stayers at this trip.

8/1

13th

3

(10)

16th Apr 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:50 Newmarket

The Big Board

9st 6lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Richard Hannon

Winning juvenile who trained on well last season to secure three further victories in sprints on ground ranging from good to soft to good to firm; that campaign fizzled out after a good run at York three starts back but there's nothing wrong with her mark if returning near her best.

11/1

20/1

Form: -04406 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 8st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

5f specialist, yet to shine for current stable and unplaced all five starts this year; falling in the weights without looking likely to take advantage; now fitted with a tongue-strap for the first time.

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5th

10

(12)

9th May 2024

Good

0m 5f 15y

Class 2

13:30 Chester

Night On Earth

8st 11lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Ian Williams

started quickly, led, headed over 1f out, no extra and lost fourth towards finish

10/1

1st

10

(4)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

14:10 Epsom

Night On Earth

8st 8lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Ian Williams

Not the force of old but that's reflected in his mark and he's been in good form this year; behind Jojo Rabbit last time though and he hasn't shone in three visits to Epsom.

10/1

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Payout
Exacta £1630.00
Straight Forecast £1013.50
Tricast £6765.80
Trifecta £19167.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Significantly

TOPSPEED:

The Big Board

POSTDATA:

Arecibo

LAMBOURN:

Rhythm N Hooves

Telegraph:

Khunan

The Times:

Existent

NEWMARKET:

Dusky Lord

RP RATINGS:

Call Me Ginger

Daily Record:

The Big Board

The Guardian:

Significantly

Daily Mirror:

Significantly

The Sun:

Significantly

The Star:

Significantly

D Express:

Arecibo